Online Exhibit - opened 12 November 2011
Postcards have history and mystery. A collaged postcard is a curious combination of yesterdays and tomorrows, worked by the artist’s hand. Below is a slideshow of the winning and accepted entries for our Fall 2011 online exhibit, Curious Cards. All artwork is collage/mixed media and measures 4" x 6" (or 6" x 4"); captions appear below each image.
Juror of Selection and Awards: Leslie Caldera. For more than 35 years, Mr. Caldera has been making assemblage with a spiritual/poetic dimension. He is also well known for his mail art. His work has been shown in dozens of exhibits, and he has curated several others. Mr. Caldera has also published limited-edition collage books, including Kurt Schwitters: 100 Years of Merz and Visions of Paradise. He currently teaches computer graphics and design at North Orange County ROP. (Read the Juror's Statement below.)
The slideshow (below) may take a few seconds to load initially, then it will play automatically. You can also step through the images at your own pace by pressing the arrows that appear on the left and right sides of each image, or by using the left/right cursor keys on your keyboard. You can also select any individual thumbnail below the slideshow.
On Curating Curious Cards
Collage is perhaps one of the more challenging mediums for an artist to attempt in the 21st century. At first glance, the process of collecting bits of paper and arranging them into a new composition seems to require very little technical skill in order to create something unique and pleasing to the eye. It is soon discovered, however, that what appeared to be a simple enterprise is in fact fraught with challenges. The very heavy weight of more than 100 years of some of the world’s best artists working in the medium would seem to have left little new to discover. Add to that the demand that collage puts upon the artist to have a sharp eye for design, a cunning sensitivity for color, and a talent for juxtaposition, and we have a formidable subject to master once we venture down the collage path.
Collage Artists of America has the advantage of a membership of dedicated artists, many of whom have mastered other mediums before approaching the thorny realm of collage. This is made clear by the high quality of all the entries into the Curious Cards exhibit. I spent an extended part of the selection process simply looking carefully at each entry. Ultimately, I based my selections on which I would purchase if all the entries were in fact postcards on display in a museum gift shop.
I further selected seven works that I felt rose to an even higher level of accomplishment. From this group I was, finally, forced to select three for the awards. Not an easy task!
Third prize went to Carolann Watterson’s Certain Measures, due to her mastery of a limited color palette and clever “dance” of geometric shapes.
I awarded second prize to Marian Devney’s Bird, Watching for the surrealistically enigmatic scene she presented, all within a sensitive color scheme.
First prize winner Vicky Hoffman’s Sicilian Sunrise simply took my breath away the moment I saw it. Is it an abstract, or a landscape? Perhaps it is an impression of a sun-baked wall in an Italian village. I only know for sure that the tiny flash of orange at the lower left of the composition holds the whole affair together in a very sophisticated and powerful way.
Curating this exhibit was an absolute pleasure for me. I am honored to have had the privilege of discovering so many great approaches to our “old” medium. I look forward to enjoying works by the membership at future exhibitions.
November 1, 2011